2018/2019 Officers

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2018/2019 Officers

Michelle Massaquoi– President

Michelle Massaquoi is a fourth year biology graduate student in the Guillemin lab. Her research focuses on understanding how the presence of microbes within the intestine impact the development of the host. She is investigating how a specific protein, secreted by gut bacteria, induces the proliferation of insulin-producing beta cells within the larval zebrafish pancreas. This is Michelle’s third year serving as a UOWGS board member. In her free time she likes to hike, watch football and can be found most mornings running “Pre’s trail” by campus.

Kira Egelhofer — Treasurer, Vice-President

Kira Egelhofer is a fourth-year graduate student of chemistry and member of the Lonergan Lab. Her research focuses on understanding charge-transport processes at the interface of the solar cell absorber and contact. Kira enjoys being in the outdoors, wine tasting, and annual Harry Potter re-readings.

Dana Reuter— Social Chair

Dana is a 4th year graduate student working with Dr. Hopkins in the UO Vertebrate Paleontology lab. Her research on mammalian paleoecology focuses on paleo foodweb building, carnivoran tooth morphology, and the evolution of omnivory. When she is not nerding out over geology and ancient mammals she is getting lost in the woods, brewing beer, playing board games, and reading philosophy books.

Terri Lovell— Seminar Chair

Terri Lovell is a 4th year graduate student in the Jasti lab. Her research focuses on making new fluorescent molecules to monitor and diagnose melanoma. Outside of the lab she enjoys hiking, playing sports and most of all spending time with her dog.

Sarah Stednitz — Outreach Co-Chair

Sarah is a fifth year graduate student in the Biology department working
in the Washbourne lab. Her thesis work focuses on the social brain of
zebrafish, using computer vision and genetic techniques to understand
what regions of the brain generate complex social behaviors. Outside of
research, she enjoys painting, music, and electronics.

Emily Sales — Outreach Co-Chair

Emily Sales is a fifth year graduate student in the Institute of
Neuroscience. Her thesis project is focused on neural circuit assembly
in the fruit fly. Outside of the lab, you can find her in the garden,
cooking in the kitchen, or exploring nature.

Krystal Oon — Recorder Chair

Krystal is a third year biology graduate student in the Prehoda lab. Her
research focuses on how polarity protein complex becomes polarized and
depolarized. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV, yoga,
and swimming.

Kathryn Denning — Public and Alumni Relations Chair

Katie is a third-year PhD student in the Psychology Department in the Social Cognition Lab run by Dr. Sara Hodges. She studies how people consider the perspectives (e.g., thoughts, feelings, beliefs; AKA perspective taking) of others and how this process impacts our everyday social lives, especially intergroup relations. She also studies whether this process occurs without conscious awareness. Outside of the lab, Katie loves to spend time with her friends (and adorable dog Lily) while exploring new hikes and wineries, or spending a night at home cooking and watching Netflix.

Carolyn Levinn – JUMP Chair

Carrie is a fifth-year chemistry graduate student working in the Pluth Lab. Her research involves designing new hydrogen sulfide donors and probes. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, baking, giraffes, and cats!

Maria Bañuelos — Funding Chair

Maria is a fifth year biology graduate student in the Guillemin lab. Her research investigates how bacterial secreted small molecules affect the spatial structure of bacterial populations within a host. Outside of lab she enjoys the outdoors, watching TV, and spending time with her friends and family.

Chris Funch — Webmaster

Chris is a 4th year chemistry student in the Boettcher lab. His research focuses on the study and development of a process to deposit III-V semiconductor materials for low-cost, high-efficiency solar applications. In his final year he plans to fabricate small solar devices for material characterization. In his spare time he likes to swim, bike, and run in training for triathlons, which he usually competes in during the summer months.


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